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Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
The Big Money Behind the Big Lie  —  Donald Trump's attacks on democracy are being promoted by rich and powerful conservative groups that are determined to win at all costs. … It was tempting to dismiss the show unfolding inside the Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona, as an unintended comedy.
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Melissa Koenig / Daily Mail:
Obama defies CDC guidance by inviting 500 people to his celebrity-studded 60th birthday party at his $12m mansion on Martha's Vineyard: Pearl Jam will perform …
Discussion: Althouse
Politico:
Jihadists flood pro-Trump social network with propaganda  —  Just weeks after its launch, the pro-Trump social network GETTR is inundated with terrorist propaganda spread by supporters of Islamic State, according to a POLITICO review of online activity on the fledgling platform.
John Ratcliffe / Fox News:
China Olympics 2022 - COVID cover up by country's leaders means they should forfeit games  —  The IOC should deny the Chinese Communist Party the ability to burnish its global image despite its COVID crimes  —  Ratcliffe: China aims to 'test Biden's leadership,' level of ‘pushback’
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Ashley Rindsberg / UnHerd:
Did the New York Times stifle lab leak debate?  —  The world's verdict on the lab leak seems to be shifting.  The Biden Administration now thinks there is a credible possibility that Covid-19 leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  WHO chief Tedros Adhanome Ghebreyesus has admitted …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Senate finishing crafting $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure proposal, setting delicate debate in motion  —  Senate Democrats and Republicans on Sunday finalized a roughly $1 trillion proposal to improve the country's roads, bridges, pipes, ports and Internet connections …
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
The quiet Biden-GOP talks behind the infrastructure deal
David Brooks / The Atlantic:
How the Bobos Broke America  —  This article was published online on August 2, 2021.  —  The dispossessed set out early in the mornings.  They were the outsiders, the scorned, the voiceless.  But weekend after weekend—unbowed and undeterred—they rallied together.
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
‘Freedom-loving’ conservatives stoked latest round of infection and death  —  I write columns about politics and government, occasionally indulging as a frustrated sports writer; I don't write about business or leisure activities except:  — I would avoid any cruise ships embarking from Florida.
Alexander Vindman / The Atlantic:
What I Heard in the White House Basement  —  One phone call changed my life.  —  On Thursday, July 25, 2019, I was seated at the table in one of the two Situation Rooms in the basement of the West Wing.  The bigger room is famous from movies and TV shows, but this room is smaller …
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS News
Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Florida breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations  —  ORLANDO, Fla. - A day after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, Florida on Sunday broke a previous record for current hospitalizations set more than a year ago before vaccines were available.
Timothy Noah / Washington Monthly:
Bidenizing the Democrats  —  The president scores a victory against his party's Sanders wing.  —  Donald Trump's effort to maintain his grip on the Republican Party is so transfixingly weird that it obscures a more ordinary and perhaps more politically relevant one about whether Joe Biden …
Discussion: Slow Boring and New York Times
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Seth A. Richardson / Plain Dealer:
Outside actors descend on Northeast Ohio in final weekend before Aug. 3 Democratic primary for 11th Congressional District special election
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, CNN and Raw Story
New York Times:
How Local Media Spreads Misinformation From Vaccine Skeptics  —  Facebook and other social media have been under scrutiny for vaccine misinformation, but local outlets have also sometimes been active.  —  The Freedom's Phoenix, a local news site in Phoenix, and The Atlanta Business Journal …
New York Times:
Biden's Climate Plans Are Stunted After Dejected Experts Fled Trump  —  Hundreds of scientists and policy experts left the government during the Trump administration.  The jobs remain unfilled nearly six months into President Biden's term.  —  WASHINGTON — Juliette Hart quit her job …
Discussion: CNN
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump's $100 million threat to democracy  —  (CNN)Donald Trump now has a $100 million weapon to wield against US democracy.  —  The defeated and disgraced ex-President's huge war chest, nearly all amassed within six months of leaving office, was built on his ravenous calls for cash …
Discussion: Washington Post, Slate and ABC7
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
He Repped Kyle Rittenhouse, MAGA Monkey Owners... and Capitol Rioters  —  GO-TO LAWYER  —  “He's not a defense attorney, and therefore he's not an especially good defense attorney,” one journalist who has covered lawyer John Pierce's filings said.  —  The U.S. Capitol riot launched …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Will Republicans Gerrymander Their Way to a House Majority?  —  One of the concerns that has fed Democratic support for the sweeping voting-rights bill known as the For the People Act (S. 1) has been the imminence of a decennial redistricting process in which many Republican-controlled states …
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Threats of violence spark fear of election worker exodus  —  There is growing concern that election workers will leave their posts in droves following a 2020 presidential contest that saw an unprecedented rise in violent threats against administrators.  —  Election workers had their homes broken into.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Don't Let Anyone Normalize January 6  —  While he was president of the United States, Donald Trump tried to overthrow the election of 2020, first by fraud, then by violence.  His efforts were defeated in great part because of the integrity and courage of state-level Republican officials.
Matthew Brown / USA Today:
Susan Collins says Trump shouldn't testify to Jan. 6 panel, criticizes it as ‘partisan’  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over the House's select committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack, while lamenting the collapse …
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Emanuel Fabian / The Times of Israel:
US, UK blame Iran for deadly strike on ship with Israel ties, weigh response  —  Blinken: ‘We are confident that Iran conducted this attack’; Britain's FM Dominic Raab condemns ‘unlawful and callous attack’ that killed a Briton and a Romanian  —  This Jan. 2, 2016 file photo shows …
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Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Masking kids and closing schools is irrational, unscientific child abuse
Barbara McQuade / MSNBC:
Trump and the Capitol riot ‘hitman’ analogy
Discussion: New Yorker
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Menace to Society
Discussion: The Political Insider
Politico:
Tensions rise within Biden team over mask reversal
Leslie Eastman / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Federal Government Issued $783.5M in Stimulus Checks for Prisoners
The Daily Beast:
Behind the Bombshell Allegation Buried in the WaPo Lawsuit
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Ruby Cramer / Politico:
The Unusual Group Trying to Turn Biden into FDR
Julia Ingram / Washington Post:
A tsunami of deferred debt is about to hit homeowners no longer protected by a foreclosure moratorium
Washington Post:
An embassy wall falls, upending a rising Afghan diplomat's career
John Blake / CNN:
Democrats are on the verge of repeating a voting rights blunder that led to the rise of Jim Crow
Brooke Harrington / The Atlantic:
The Anti-vaccine Con Job Is Becoming Untenable
Discussion: Just Above Sunset and The Mahablog